This morning (July 7, 2003), during an exchange of command ceremony held in the office of the Chief of Staff, Major General Dan Harel assumed the post of GOC Southern Command.

The ceremony was attended by the Defense Minister, Mr. Shaul Mofaz, the Chief of Staff, Lieutenant General Moshe Ya’alon, members of the General Staff, and additional guests.

Major General Dan Harel served in his previous position as head of the Operations Directorate, and was succeeded by Major General Ysirael Ziv.

Major General Dan Harel succeeded Major General Doron Almog as OC of the Southern Command, who served in the position since 2000. Major General Doron Almog will now be studying abroad.